India may have set a new world record by breaking the one they set last year. Volunteers managed to plant 66 million trees in just 12 hours, which is certainly an amazing feat.
India doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to environmentalism. A number of its cities often make an appearance high up in the list of the most polluted cities in the world. India is also the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, right behind China and the United States. However, it seems that the country is making efforts to overcome its reputation. The current Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, seems to be determined to overhaul India's environmental policies.
Signing the Paris Agreement seems to have good effects on the commitment of different countries to saving the planet. India, in particular, set a goal of increasing their forest cover to 95 million hectares by 2030 at the Paris Climate Change Conference.
1.5 million people participated in this effort to increase India's forest cover. It's like having the entire population of a major city working together toward a single goal. Last year, India was able to plant 49.3 million saplings in Uttar Pradesh in 24 hours, setting a world record. The Guinness World Records hasn't officially declared India's new efforts as a new world record as of yet, but the announcement is probably on its way.
Volunteers worked from 7am to 7pm along the banks of the Narmada River in Mahdya Pradesh. They planted 20 different tree varieties, which can be healthy for the ecosystem. Planting the saplings along the riverbank also increases the chances that they'll grow to full maturity since they'll be close to a water source. Men, women, children, and the elderly all contributed to this massive effort to make India green again.
The United Nations has stated that deforestation and forest degradation contribute 17% of the planet's carbon emissions. Thus, efforts like this one by India to increase the world's forests can help mitigate the effects of climate change. Increasing the number of trees on the planet can also help nations meet global temperature goals.
It seems that India and its prime minister are working hard to minimize the nation's considerable impact on the environment. The country is now moving towards using renewable energy sources instead of building more coal power plants. Thus, not only will India be able to have a new world record to beat its old one, it's also be progressing towards a greener, cleaner future.
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